The Surreal Life

Season 5 Episode 1

No Way, It's Jose

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jul 10, 2005 on VH1



  • Trivia

    • After seeing this episode, Entertainment Weekly's Alynda Wheat gave it (and the series) an A-, saying that "on balance, this may be the most supreme Surreal yet."

  • Quotes

  • Notes

    • Janice threatens to quit the show after Bronson "gropes" her. However, with a little talk from Pepa, the dramatic model gets back into the series – her opinion of Bronson though, does not change.

    • This season, to continue with the "circus freaks" theme, the celebrities have a pet: a three-legged dog named Lucky. Caprice takes a special liking to the dog, while most of the other housemates think the dog is disgusting and scary-looking.

    • The producers of this season of The Surreal Life kept Jose Conseco's identity a secret from the first six celebrities. It was not until the newspaper came that the Surreal Lifers discovered that Jose would be staying with them. The newspaper also worked at making the housemates nervous, listing all of Jose's convictions and arrests.

  • Allusions

    • Near the pool is a sign that says "No Lifeguard on Duty." This could be an allusion to Janice's book No Lifeguard on Duty: The Accidental Life of the World's First Supermodel, which tells the story of her life. This book is referenced several times throughout the episode – the cover is shown in the quickie biography of Janice in the beginning of the episode, and Andy mentions that he read it. He quotes the book, saying that "everything is fake and I am perfect."

    • Bronson says, "Omarosa comes in ready to be on Dallas or Dynasty or something, with her heels and her suit..." Dallas and Dynasty are older television series from the 1980's. Both were primetime soap operas, and both featured female characters who wore elegant white suits, tall high heels, and hats, much like Omarosa at the beginning of this episode.

    • In the beginning of this episode, Andy likens Omarosa's name to that of Cher, in that both women choose to only include their first name – not their last. Cher, the popular singer and movie star, dropped her last name when she became famous. Omarosa's former last name, used on The Apprentice and other series in which she appeared, was Manigualt-Stalworth.